I've been following the backlash to Dawkins' comments on fetuses with Down Syndrome, and I've been groaning with annoyance all the way. I've never liked Dawkins as a social activist, and it's lead me to dislike him as a person, even if I value his scientific work. I also deeply resent his fans, and use him as a stick to beat New Atheist types with. But ... I kind of agree with him on the main point. Selecting life for their potential to contribute is an old idea, going back to at least Ancient Greece, and it carries with it the now tarnished word 'Eugenics', but it's still basically logical. Maybe if I composed his tweet I would not have used the word 'immoral', but I suppose when you have a society based on Christian morality comments such as Dawkins' are going to cause a mean-spirited reaction. But whatever. Also, I must say, it's made more clear to me (as if it needed to be made any clearer) of the utter hypocrisy of most New Atheist types, saying they dismiss philosophy using philosophy. Idiots; I'm not going to be diplomatic about that. Also it's shown me just how much negative reaction there is now to Dawkins from UK posters all over Facebook. I cannot say I think he doesn't really deserve it, but some of the comments from my fellow non-Dawkins-admiring atheists are really disgusting. Here is an article on the drama: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11047072/Richard-Dawkins-immoral-to-allow-Downs-syndrome-babies-to-be-born.html What does everyone else think about this? Has anyone else been following it?